10 Best Plate Carrier Vests Offering Superior Protection

Rugged, Ultra-Functional Combat Gear

Comfortable, customizable, and—most importantly—combat-ready, these high-performance tactical plate carriers guarantee superior protection for the modern fighter, and are much sought after by officials in law enforcement and the military alike. Regardless of the threat conditions you’re up against, you’re going to want gear like this for your next operation.

Efficient and versatile, with an adjustable, lightweight design and built-in comfort padding perfect for extended wear, these elite plate carrier vests are manufactured by trusted brands like Condor and Crye Precision and offer the support you need to make it through your mission unscathed. For rugged, ultra-functional gear that’ll get you home in one piece, look no further.

Armor inserts sold separately.

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CRYE PRECISION JUMPABLE PLATE CARRIER

CRYE PRECISION JUMPABLE PLATE CARRIER

When heading into a firefight you want protection that won’t weigh you down or reduce range of motion. Crye Precision Jumpable Plate Carrier (JPC) is designed to move with you with a lightweight structure (just over one pound), while including many options for configuration. Interior panels are made with high performance stretch and padded mesh ventilation, accommodating plates of varying thickness and keeping you cooler. The Skeletal™ Cummerbund System is low-profile and highly adjustable, reducing weight while providing mounting space for additional pouches either on the inside or the outside. Durable Cordura nylon makes up the exterior surfaces so it will hold up to abuse of battle.

Crye Precision’s Jumpable Plate Carrier JPC is the ultra-functional, lightweight, yet tough plate carrier you’ve been looking for. Don’t wait, order now!

Features
  • Skeletal™ cummerbund is low-profile and highly adjustable
  • Triple mag pouch on the front
  • Admin pouch at the upper part of the front carrier
  • High performance stretch material on interior panels to accommodate varying plate thicknesses
  • Tough Cordura nylon on outside of front and back carriers
  • Padded mesh ventilation on interior panel for greater air flow
  • Quick-attach side loops for adding more coverage or accessories
  • Weight
    • Medium - 1.3lbs
    • Large - 1.4lbs
    • XL- 1.5lbs
  • Sizing
    • Medium - Chest 37-40
    • Large - Chest 41-45
    • XL - Chest 46 - 49
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CONDOR MODULAR OPERATOR PLATE CARRIER

CONDOR MODULAR OPERATOR PLATE CARRIER

The Condor Modular Operator Plate Carrier MOPC is a must-have piece of military and law enforcement gear that saves lives and keeps you moving with confidence. You can store a myriad of vital gear in this ballistic vest, including up to 10 x 13 armor plates and up to 6 x 8 side panel plates.

You can easily access your ballistic plates on this Condor plate carrier using the convenience pull-down flaps. These flaps also feature Velcro tabs that lock the plates in place. There is also an adjustable, detachable cummerbund with pockets for holding side armor plates. All of the armor compartments, including the front, back and side, have a hook and loop panel for extra convenience.

Perhaps best of all, this Condor ballistic vest also features an emergency buddy drag handle so you can be pulled to safety under fire. Of course, no one wants that to happen but it is sure good to know that handle is there when you need it.

Features
  • Made of extremely rugged and durable 1000 Denier Cordura nylon
  • Emergency buddy drag handle for your protection
  • Detachable shoulder pads for customized wear
  • Side release buckles on shoulders and internal waist strap for extra stability
  • Fits up to 10 x 13 armor plates and up to 6 x 8 side panel plates
  • You can easily access the ballistic plates using the pull-down flaps with Velcro panels to keep protective plates in place
  • Cummerbund is adjustable and detachable for customized fit, feel and performance
  • Cummerbund has pockets for side armor plates for extra protection
  • Front pocket with snap and Velcro closure easily stores maps
  • All front, back and side armor compartments have a convenient hook and loop panel
  • Lightly padded mesh on the front and back harness deliver extra comfort and superb airflow
  • Heavy duty MOLLE webbing allows you to attach whatever items you need
  • NTOA member-tested and –approved for trusted compliance with regulations
  • Available in Coyote 498, Black, Navy, OD Green, and Multicam (+$43.00)
  • Does not include armor
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CRYE PRECISION JPC 2.0 JUMPABLE PLATE CARRIER

CRYE PRECISION JPC 2.0 JUMPABLE PLATE CARRIER

Your gear is heavy enough; don't wear a plate carrier that adds more weight than necessary. At just over one pound, the Crye Precision Jumpable Plate Carrier JPC 2.0 is lightweight, minimal, yet highly functional and customizable. The Skeletal cummerbund is designed to reduce weight and bulk while allowing the addition of pouches to the inside and outside of the cummerbund. Padded attachment shoulder straps add comfort and make adjusting the ride height quick and easy. Large hook back panel on the front lets you attached your choice of front flaps and zippers on the sides of the back carrier allow of zip-on panels, giving you many options to carry what you need. A rapid 2-step doffing system ensures hassle free removal in case of emergency and the back carrier features a drag handle capable of holding up to 400lbs.

Be prepared for battle with the lightweight, easily customizable, minimal Crye Precision Jumpable Plate Carrier JPC 2.0. Order yours now!

Features
  • Lightweight, minimal design
  • Skeletal cummerbund for a highly adjustable, low-profile fit
  • High performance stretch material accommodates plate of varying thickness
  • Padded, hook back shoulder straps for increased comfort and ease of adjustment
  • Admin pouch includes elastic retention loops for hold pistol mags, flashlights, ect
  • Hidden vertical webbing loops for detachable chest rigs
  • Front hook back panel for attaching MOLLE or mag pouch flap
  • Zippers on the side of the back carrier for zip-on panels
  • Quick and easy 2-step doffing system
  • Drag handle supports up to 400lbs
  • Compatible with all AVS detachable front flaps
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CONDOR SENTRY PLATE CARRIER

CONDOR SENTRY PLATE CARRIER

The Condor Sentry Plate Carrier Vest is an updated version of the Condor Compact Plate Carrier, and is designed to provide a more comfortable performance fit while holding standard plates. Perfect for rapid response situations, this plate carrier features an emergency drag handle, quick cinch adjustments for the front, and hook and loop adjustments for the shoulders.

Features
  • Emergency drag handle
  • Removable mesh padded shoulder pads with hook and loop guides
  • Adjustable shoulder straps
  • Padded mesh interior lining
  • Quick release buckles
  • Easy access plate pockets
  • Heavyweight MOLLE webbing
  • Hook and loop webbing
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CRYE PRECISION CAGE PLATE CARRIER

CRYE PRECISION CAGE PLATE CARRIER

The CAGE PLATE CARRIER™ (CPC™) offers unsurpassed comfort and load support in a low profile plate carrier configuration. It is releasable and accepts soft and hard armor inserts (sold separately). When paired with the a blast belt, it becomes an extremely efficient and versatile armor and load carriage system. Designed from the ground up to take full advantage of our revolutionary CPC™ Extendable STKSS™system that transfers the vest weight to the wearer's hips. The CPC™ built-in cummerbund is designed to accept our soft armor panels and 6”x6” plates.CPC™ PLATEBAGSstretch to accommodate different plate thicknesses and have integrated magazine and admin pouches.

Sold as a set (front and back), platebags are custom fit for each plate size. Make sure to order a set of platebags to complete yourCPC™.We recommend only using platebags that are either the same size as the vest, one size larger, or one size smaller. For instance, it is not recommended to use small platebags on a large vest. Please note, theCAGE PLATE CARRIER CPC™is designed for use with stand-alone plates. If you are using plates that require soft armor backing, a soft armor panel will need to be placed behind the plate. When you order a vest and platebags together, the kit will arrive assembled. Patents pending. Made in the US from US materials.

Features
  • High performance stretch material on interior panels to accommodate varying plate thicknesses
  • Tough Cordura nylon on outside of front and back carriers
  • Padded mesh ventilation on interior panel for greater air flow
  • Quick-attach side loops for adding more coverage or accessories
  • Integrated admin and magazine pouches on the front platebag
  • Rear platebag accepts zip-on panels
  • Can be configured as left-opening or right-opening
  • Weight
    • Medium - 1.3lbs;
    • Large - 1.4lbs
  • Sizing
    • Medium - Chest 37-40
    • Large - Chest 41-45
  • Made in the USA
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SHELLBACK TACTICAL SF PLATE CARRIER

SHELLBACK TACTICAL SF PLATE CARRIER

The Shellback Tactical SF Plate Carrier is a combat ready plate carrier designed for the best outcome in the worst situations. Whether your Overseas, Domestic, downrange or on the range you can count on the SF Plate Carrier. Modular, Low Profile and feature packed. The SF Plate Carrier is sized by SAPI plate size to fulfill your unit needs. The most common size will be the Medium size which fits Medium SAPI size plates and 10x12 plates. Integrated padded 3D mesh shoulder pads provide comfort for load carriage. The interior body side is also lined with 3D mesh padding. The front Kangaroo pouch has an insert to accommodate 3 .223/5.56 magazines. The cummerbund also accepts soft armor inserts and has integrated pockets to accept 6x6 or 6x8 side plates as well. Integrated radio pouch will accommodate common LE radios and MBITR or can be used to add additional magazines on each side. Unique to the SF plate carrier cummerbund is our addition of 3D padded spacer mesh comfort flaps that pad your rib cage area for comfort while wearing side plates or without. The carrier is also highly adjustable on the shoulders and cummerbund for that perfect fit.

Features
  • Shoulder pads come standard/included
  • Front and Back areas of loop for placard identifiers
  • Integrated kangaroo pouch accepts three .223/5.56 magazines
  • Drag handle lays flat and secures with hook and loop
  • Constructed of 500 denier Cordura nylon
  • Compatible with all MOLLE systems
  • 6 x 3 rows of PALS webbing on front of pouch
  • Low Profile – Highly Mobile Design
  • Bar tacking and reverse stitching for enhanced durability
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • GSA and TAA compliant
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SHELLBACK TACTICAL BANSHEE 2.0 ELITE PLATE CARRIER

SHELLBACK TACTICAL BANSHEE 2.0 ELITE PLATE CARRIER

Staying with successful concept of the original Banshee the updated Shellback Tactical Banshee 2.0 Elite Plate Carrier is one size fits most. Also standard is a secondary nylon strap system with quick release buckles (also removable) if the cummerbund is not needed. The front pocket of the carrier has a hook and loop kangaroo pocket to allow for accessories and magazines. Accommodates Banshee 2-mag pouch.

Features
  • 500D Cordura nylon is incredibly durable
  • MULTICAM has matching webbing and loop/Velcro
  • Advanced plate carrier that is feature packed.
  • Extreme versatility with several PALS;web attachment points; covering the front, back and shoulders of the vest.
  • Fully adjustable and padded; front and back shoulder areas. Padded with 3D mesh.
  • Banshee Ultimate shoulder pads come standard/included
  • Separate pocket from the plate pocket on rear opens and can accept a 2 liter hydration bladder
  • Hypalon shoulders with 4 slits for comms/hydration open at bottom
  • Two areas of loop for identifiers
  • Fits over soft body armor/Uniforms
  • GEN2 Update - Integrated admin pouch now has a gusseted zipper pouch closure vs the previous hook/loop
  • Integrated kangaroo pouch
  • GEN2 Update - Banshee Elite 2.0 Cummerbund now slightly longer for greater adjustability when using magazines (6 integrated pockets with Hypalon strips;inside) PALS webbing interior/exterior
  • Front and back interior of carrier padded with 3D Mesh sewn with an airflow pattern
  • Low profile/lightweight
  • Plate pockets load from the bottom and will accept up to 10x12 Level 3 and 4 ESAPI OR SIMILAR PLATES and Plate Backers
  • Drag handle lays flat- secures with hook and loop
  • ifetime Warranty
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FIRST SPEAR STRANDHÖGG™ SAPI CUT PLATE CARRIER

FIRST SPEAR STRANDHÖGG™ SAPI CUT PLATE CARRIER

The word Strandhögg™ comes from the Norse term for the Viking lightning raid, one of the first battle tactics to use covert infiltrators in advance of a larger attack force. Inspired by the game changing tactics of a previous era, the First Spear Strandhögg™ SAPI Cut Plate Carrier brings that inspiration to the modern warfighter with technological advances for those that make up the tip of the spear.

Designed to be worn with or without a soft armor panel depending on the ballistic requirements and threat condition, the First Spear Strandhögg™ SAPI Cut Plate Carrier maximizes the impact of a lightweight 6/12 build. Tubes rapid enclosure system allows for rapid donning or doffing in an emergency situation. When searching for a sleeker profile or additional ammo capacity, the Overlap Cummerbund features a standard MOLLE attachment as well as a looped interior placard for keeping additional magazines or other gear close to the body. All of these features are rounded off with a built in ventilation channel and comfort padding to ensure that you can stay in the fight, no matter how long the mission takes.

Features
  • Modern elite SAPI Cut Plate Carrier designed for the modern warfighter
  • 6/12 laser cut platform offers lightweight but structurally strong potection
  • Tubes Rapid-Release Technology allows for rapid donning or doffing in an emergency situation
  • Comfort padding through body and shoulder straps offers all day support and comfort
  • Built-in ventilation channel on front and rear plate bag regulate temperature in hot environments or active situations
  • Overlap Cummerbund with loop interior for hook backed pockets keeps attachments secure and easily accessible
  • Sized specifically to fit a SAPI cut plate
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BLUE FORCE GEAR PLATEMINUS™ PLATE CARRIER (SIDE POCKETS)

BLUE FORCE GEAR PLATEMINUS™ PLATE CARRIER (SIDE POCKETS)

Designed to fit SAPI and ESAPI with soft armor backers, the PLATEminus™ V4 Plate Carrier (Side Pockets) by Blue Force Gear features Ten-Speed® elastic with fully adjustable straps and cummerbund to ensure a secure fit that doesn’t compromise on comfort. This carrier includes two additional side plate pockets for use in high threat environments. With high-performance ULTRAcomp® laminate and CORDURA® fabric, this carrier is built to last. Featuring laser cut MOLLEminus™ slots and Helium Whisper® system compatibility, the lightweight PLATEminus™ V4 is available in a range of sizes and colors to fit your needs.

Features
  • Fits SAPI/ESAPI with Soft Armor Backers
  • MOLLEminus™ Technology
  • ULTRAcomp® Laminate
  • Can Be Used with Helium Whisper®
  • Compatible with 6” x 6” Side Plates
  • 500D Solution Dyed CORDURA®
  • Ten-Speed® Elastic and Cummerbund
  • Features BLIP™ Technology®
  • Compatible with Tourniquet NOW!™
  • Plate Capacity:
    • Small: 8.75” x 11.75”
    • Medium: 9.5" x 12.5"
    • Large: 10.25" x 13.25"
    • Extra Large: 11” x 14”
  • Weight: 630g
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Proudly Made in the U.S.A.
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TASMANIAN TIGER PLATE CARRIER LC

TASMANIAN TIGER PLATE CARRIER LC

The Large Enhanced Nylon Alice Pack with Frame by Tasmanian Tiger is a lightweight personal protection solution in medium threat situations. This carrier features a laser cut MOLLE system for modular attachments and integrated pouch that can securely hold a radio or other small gear. Compatible with both the TT FL Chest Rig and TT Medic Assault Pack MK II S, the TT Plate Carrier provides superior protection and versatility, no matter what your mission may be.

Features
  • Adjustable Shoulder Straps and Elastic Side Attachment
  • Detachable Front Panel
  • Compatible with TT FL Chest Rig and TT Medic Assault Pack MK II S
  • MOLLE Compatible
  • Radio Pouch
  • Material: CORDURA®
  • Weight: 850g

Kangaroo Pouches

Some vests offer storage space for more than just ballistic plates. A front-facing kangaroo pouch has plenty of room for magazine storage, or anything else you might need to bring along on your next mission.

Emergency Drag Handles

Operations can be unpredictable, that’s why some plate carrier vests are fitted with emergency drag handles. If push comes to shove, teammates can help you evacuate from hostile terrain quickly and easily.